How dishonest are you?
Never, ever did I suggest cuban or venezuelan type of government would be desirable for the US. Socialist programs do not make your country into a communist state. Think of all the socialist activities that have produced good results for the USA. Flood control, locks and dams, interstate highways, the electric power grid, insurance companies of all types. people working with people to achieve goals unlikely acheivable by individual effort.
Evidently united effort for any activity is a gateway drug to a totalitaran style of governing. Such is is the logic expressed by folks that simply know it all. He claims to be a christian but if his church work in unison to help the less advantaged, that certainly would be a step in the direction of communism. Teamwork to achieve most any benefit for the public would certainly be a threat to our capitalist society.
That is not my opinion but the opinion of many of our readers. Why would such an individual buy insurance of any kind. Sharing risk is sharing risk whether it be a capitalist product or a governmental product.
Ignorance is contagious and no matter how much logic is applied, it is simply uncurable. Once they have heard the limbaughese language they are sentenced to a life time of ignorance which is totally incurable if the party is acceptable to the nazi logic.
Re: How dishonest are you?
This is what DonOld Kraft is trying to get us to swallow. (See picture)
What his beliefs really do, is below:
THE PROGRESSIVE ERA'S LEGACY: FDR'S NEW DEAL
The Progressive era in American politics formally lasted from the 1890s until the 1920s. But its legacy continued thereafter, permeating the philosophy and the policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), who was first elected President in 1932, while the U.S. was mired in an economic depression. FDR campaigned, successfully, on a pledge to re-create the war socialism of the Wilson administration, a goal that was wildly popular with the liberal establishment of Roosevelt's day.
Once FDR had been elected, progressive-minded newspaper editorial boards, politicians, and pundits exhorted him to become a “dictator.” The revered reporter and political commentator Walter Lippmann, for instance, told Roosevelt in a private meeting: “The [economic] situation is critical, Franklin. You may have no alternative but to assume dictatorial powers.” Similarly, Eleanor Roosevelt mused that America might need the leadership of a “benevolent dictator.”
In FDR's day, the term “dictator” did not carry the negative connotations with which it is currently freighted; rather, it signified the idea that a political "general" or "commander" was needed to take charge of the battle against the economic depression in a manner similar to how Woodrow Wilson and the progressives had fought World War I.
FDR chose to attack the depression with his so-called New Deal, a series of economic programs passed during his first term in office. These programs greatly expanded the size, scope, and power of the federal government, giving the President and his Brain Trust near-dictatorial status. “I want to assure you,” Roosevelt's aide Harry Hopkins told an audience of New Deal activists in New York, “that we are not afraid of exploring anything within the law, and we have a lawyer who will declare anything you want to do legal.”
“The New Deal,” writes Jonah Goldberg, “was conceived at the climax of a worldwide fascist moment, a moment when socialists in many countries were increasingly becoming nationalists and nationalists could embrace nothing other than socialism.”
Many of Roosevelt's ideas and policies were entirely indistinguishable from the fascism of Mussolini. In fact, writes Goldberg, there were “many common features among New Deal liberalism, Italian Fascism, and German National Socialism, all of which shared many of the same historical and intellectual forebears.” Like American progressives, many Italian Fascist and German Nazi intellectuals championed a “middle” or “Third Way” between capitalism and socialism. Goldberg explains:
“The 'middle way' sounds moderate and un-radical. Its appeal is that it sounds unideological and freethinking. But philosophically the Third Way is not mere difference splitting; it is utopian and authoritarian. Its utopian aspect becomes manifest in its antagonism to the idea that politics is about trade-offs. The Third Wayer says that there are no false choices—'I refuse to accept that X should come at the expense of Y.' The Third Way holds that we can have capitalism and socialism, individual liberty and absolute unity.”
The German and American New Deals -- i.e., fascism and progressivism -- also shared the bedrock belief that the state should be permitted to do whatever it wished, so long as it was for “good reasons.” Chief among those "good reasons" was the idea that government's purpose was to protect the interests of "the forgotten man," on whose behalf both FDR and Hitler were proficient at projecting deep concern.
Conversely, FDR, Hitler, and Mussolini alike made many populist appeals designed to spark resentment against so-caled “fat cats,” “international bankers,” and “economic royalists.” Such appeals were, and remain, the tools of the trade for demagogues. (As recently as December 2009, for instance, President Barack Obama said: “I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street.”)
Roosevelt used the FBI and other government agencies to spy on domestic critics. He also authorized the use of the American Legion to assist the FBI in monitoring American citizens.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was perhaps the most popular program of the New Deal, mobilizing some 2.5 million young men to work mostly as a “forestry army,” performing such tasks as clearing dead wood. In both substance and style, the CCC was essentially a paramilitary organization. Jonah Goldberg writes:
“Enlistees met at army recruiting stations; wore World War I uniforms; were transported around the country by troop trains; answered to army sergeants; were required to stand at attention, march in formation, employ military lingo...; read a CCC newspaper modeled on Stars and Stripes; went to bed in army tents listening to taps; and woke to reveille.”
While FDR justified these camps as useful vehicles for getting youth “off the city street corners,” their primary purpose was to expand the public sector. At the very same time, the Nazis were busy establishing similar camps that Hitler said would keep young people from “rotting helplessly in the streets.” A secondary objective of the camps -- both in the U.S. and Germany -- was to transcend class barriers and promote a sense of collective unity and duty.
Roosevelt also instituted the National Recovery Administration (NRA), which was led by Hugh “Iron Pants” Johnson, a passionate disciple of fascism who personally distributed innumerable copies of the openly fascist tract, The Corporate State (authored by Raffaello Viglione, one of Mussolini’s favorite economists). Under Johnson's leadership, the NRA imposed hundreds of onerous codes on businesses -- mandating industry collusion and price-fixing that virtually eliminated competition and the free market. Threatening that Americans who failed to cooperate with the NRA's dictates would get a “sock in the nose,” Johnson emphasized that the Roosevelt administration's war on the depression was “lethal and more menacing than any other crisis in our history.”
The NRA established a stylized Blue Eagle as the patriotic symbol of compliance that all American business establishments were expected to hang from their doors, along with the motto “We do our part” -- a phrase used by the Roosevelt administration the way the Germans used “Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz” (“Public need before private greed”). American and German newspapers alike often noted the similarities between the Blue Eagle, which clutched a band of lightning bolts in one claw and an industrial cogwheel in the other, to the swastika or the German Reich eagle.
Johnson and the NRA dispatched a large army of informants, represented by such diverse constituencies as union members and Boy Scouts, to monitor compliance with the Blue Eagle program in neighborhoods across the United States. “When every American housewife understands that the Blue Eagle on everything that she permits to come into her home is a symbol of its restoration to security, may God have mercy on the man or group of men who attempt to trifle with this bird,” Johnson said.
To further promote voluntary compliance with the Blue Eagle program, Johnson organized many military parades and Nuremberg-style rallies, where marchers donned the uniforms of their respective occupations.
The fascist mindset underlying the NRA's authoritarian mandates was confirmed in the results of a study commissioned by the NRA's own Research and Planning Division. Titled "Capitalism and Labor Under Fascism," it concluded: “The fascist principles are very similar to those which have been evolving in America and so are of particular interest at this time.”
In the early 1930s, both Mussolini and Hitler were very much aware of the similarities between their own programs and those of FDR:
Both dictators celebrated the New Deal as an initiative that was compatible with their own economic philosophy.
In 1934 the Nazi Party’s official newspaper depicted President Roosevelt as a man of “irreproachable, extremely responsible character and immovable will,” and as a “warmhearted leader of the people with a profound understanding of social needs.”
The Nazi Party paper also lauded the New Deal for having eliminated “the uninhibited frenzy of market speculation” by adopting “National Socialist strains of thought,” and it noted that "many passages in [FDR's] book Looking Forward could have been written by a National Socialist." "In any case," said the publication, "one can assume that he [Roosevelt] feels considerable affinity with the National Socialist philosophy."
After FDR had been in office for a year, Hitler himself sent Roosevelt a private letter congratulating “his heroic efforts in the interests of the American people.” “The President’s successful battle against economic distress is being followed by the entire German people with interest and admiration,” wrote the German fuehrer.
Mussolini, for his part, praised FDR for recognizing that the American economy could not “be left to its own devices.” “Without question, the mood accompanying this sea change [i.e., FDR's policies] resembles that of Fascism,” Mussolini wrote.
In an interview with the German biographer Emil Ludwig, Mussolini made plain his view that “America has a dictator” in FDR.
In an essay written for American audiences, Mussolini observed admiringly that FDR was bringing “spiritual renewal” and destroying the anachronistic notion that democracy and liberalism were “immortal principles.” Added Mussolini: “America itself is abandoning [these principles]. Roosevelt is moving, acting, giving orders independently of the decisions or wishes of the Senate or Congress. There are no longer intermediaries between him and the nation. There is no longer a parliament but an ‘état majeur.’ There are no longer parties, but a single party. A sole will silences dissenting voices.”
Mussolini's admiration for FDR was reciprocated in full measure. In a letter to Breckinridge Long, his ambassador to Italy, Roosevelt made reference to “that admirable Italian gentleman” who “is really interested in what we are doing.” “I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished,” said Roosevelt.
Soon after having taken his second Oath of Office in January 1937, President Roosevelt, in a conversation with a speechwriter, articulated his belief that the limits on governmental power that were enshrined in the U.S. Constitution were impediments to the transformative social and economic policies he wished to implement:
"When the chief justice read me the oath and came to the words 'support the Constitution of the United States,' I felt like saying: 'Yes, but it's the Constitution as I understand it, flexible enough to meet any new problem of democracy -- not the kind of Constitution your court has raised up as a barrier to progress and democracy.'"
It was not until the late 1940s, when classical liberalism was revived by Friedrich Hayek, that a cohernt, articulate opposition to big-government collectivism was mounted in the United States and Europe.
Source: Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, by Jonah Goldberg
Re: How dishonest are you?
Not to mention the fact that in The Good Old Days the US was a considerably more socialistic place, with high union membership and much higher progressive income and estate taxes.
Of course I guess the definition of when the good old days were is highly fluid. In the Milligan/Goldberg definition it was before that commie FDR destroyed The Golden Age of Capitalism (which was doing just fine). In Sam's Von Mises Institute version it is before Lincoln (in the confederacy only) and in Red's it is when those few enlightened fellers in wigs and breeches owned and ran everything.
In BA's it is Gunsmoke.
ok, Go at it....Why not Venezuela?
Are you saying that Hugo Chavez was a communist? What makes him a communist and not a 'socialist"?
Why is Venezuela"s economy not the engine of growth, and why is capital still flowing into the USA inspite of
those that would adopt socialistic programs?
What exactly is it about capitalism that gives us the overall standard that we, the collective people of the
USA currently enjoy, and not Venezuela?
Explain exactly what "it is" that makes socialism work so well, and why it never has worked in practice.
Amazing how a collection of assorted pensioners can "just know" more than a couple hundred years of tried
and true economic growth shows.
Free economies prosper, and the more freedom you give to a population, the more prosperity.
Re: ok, Go at it....Why not Venezuela?
If that is your argument, why dn't you speak to canuck, the brits, the french, the krauts,. the danes, the norskis, the italians. Don't challenge me challenge those that now a bit more about it than you.
In case you don't know it the cash is leaving this country by the boatload, Much of it going to china and vietnam aka communist countries. Whoops i guess you took one on the chin, right?
Re: ok, Go at it....Why not Venezuela?
I'll attempt to address your post even though I know the effort will be a complete failure
1. Don and and almost everyone else is not suggesting that we become a Socialist nation or a Communist nation.
2. There are very many examples of Socialism that have worked for decades and decades to many, many people's advantages in the United States. Some examples are interstate highways, navigable rivers with locks and dams, hydroelectric projects, nuclear power generating plants, hydroelectric dams, public schools, libraries, National Parks, National Forests, the Armed Forces, Coast Guard, etc., etc. (the list goes on and on, but these are less controversial than some).
3. Just because we have some Socialist programs (see #2) does not mean we are not still Capitalistic. It just means that there are some things we could never afford if we tried to do it through Capitalist methods. If you disagree, try building a hydroelectric dam, engineer it, staff it, maintain it and see if you can keep it solvent while still charging competitive electric rates.
4. Just because there is some program that is publicly funded does not mean that we are squashing out private industry. It usually means that private industry can't afford to do it, but there is a need anyway, so government steps in to meet that need.
5. If people can't afford to buy something from the private sector and it is something that is needed (look up the definition of "need" because I am being literal. I do not mean want.), then what? Do without? Example: Locks and Dams. The private sector could never afford to make for example the Arkansas River Navigation System. The price to move barges through locks and dams built by private companies would be too high and drive up the price of many basic commodities from farming to manufacturing goods. In this case, everyone pays a little tax and the system becomes paid for and all that is left is maintenance and operations at a fraction of the cost it could be done through the private sector, if anyone would even even do it. Barges are extremely more efficient than trucks or trains. It lowers prices, puts people in business and makes revenue flow in private industry. And in this case, it is still Socialism.
Anyway, you tuned out long ago and disagree. That's OK. It's a bit-ch.
Re: ok, Go at it....Why not Venezuela?
Knapper, I think it`s all about where we want to put limits on how far capitalist or how far socialist that we want to go. I`m a big TR fan and yes, I like wildlife preserves, and national parks alot of those amenities aren`t profitable for private industry (they`d have to charge $200/hd admission to see Mt Rushmore)...So yah, let`s be reasonable like most of the country used to be from WWI to the year 2000...our parents and grandparents didn`t have a problem knowing which compartments certain programs could be filed in.
To say socialism is interstate highways, rural electrification, social security, welfare for the truly needy, right away in purposely labeling it as such, is justification to create more programs and spending. It doesn`t pass the reasonable person`s smell test, for instance stringing highwires to every home that they have electricity is sensible...to hand out free college tution to every 18 year old is socialistic and foolish not to mention unaffordable.
Re: ok, Go at it....Why not Venezuela?
Here is your socialism in action. There is never enough of other people's money.
Junior doctors launched a fresh wave of strike action today cancelling more than 5,000 operations - bringing the total to almost 25,000 since the dispute began.
Medics walked out across England for a 48 hour strike on non-emergency care at 8am in a continued dispute with the Government over a new contract.
Jeremy Hunt announced in February he would impose the deal amid a continuing row over rates of pay for Saturday shifts.
The British Medical Association plans an all-out strike with no emergency cover later this month - despite warnings it will put patients lives at risk.